WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley ( IL-05 ), who serves as Vice-Chair of the Equality Caucus and is a founding member of the Transgender Equality Task Force, released the following statement on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia:
"Despite significant — yet overdue — advances in progress and equality, LGBT communities around the globe still face dangerous discrimination that threatens not only their pursuit of happiness, but their safety and their lives. As we mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, we must focus our eyes and our attention on the recent attacks on LGBT individuals in Chechnya. It is up to world leaders, including President Trump and Vladimir Putin, to address these atrocities and ensure security for LGBT people. History is watching, and I am proud to join my Democratic colleagues in the fight for justice, the defense of equality, and the celebration of diversity today and every day. We must remain vigilant in our efforts to provide all people here at home and across the world with the respect and freedom they deserve."
As Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, Rep. Quigley has been an outspoken advocate in the fight for equality. In Congress, he leads the bipartisan, bicameral fight for a much-needed change to the FDA's outdated and discriminatory blood donation policy for gay men, as well as efforts to protect the rights of LGBT individuals in immigration detention. Earlier this month, he spoke out against President Trump's "religious liberty" executive order and re-introduced the Equality Act of 2017. In the fall of 2009, Rep. Quigley was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame for his work as a Cook County Commissioner to extend benefits to LGBT employees.